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Raleigh to install 173 new parking pay stations

Posted December 29, 2009

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— Raleigh will install 173 new pay stations for on-street parking beginning the week of Jan. 25, city officials announced Tuesday. 

The new pay stations will be installed throughout the downtown core bounded by Edenton, South, Blount and Harrington streets. The pay stations also will be placed along Glenwood Avenue from Hillsborough Street to Peace Street in the Glenwood South area.

Installment of the pay stations is expected to be complete by mid-March. An additional 20 pay stations will be placed on Hillsborough Street between Oberlin Road and Gardner Street starting in the fall when the Hillsborough Street Roundabouts Project, Phase 1, is expected to be complete.

Duncan Solutions will provide the pay stations to Raleigh for at least eight years. The Duncan VM pay stations will accept nickels, dimes and quarters, and Visa and MasterCard credit card transactions.

Project managers from Duncan Solutions will be in Raleigh the week of Jan. 11 to visit the pay station locations along with city staff. Mounting pads for the pay stations will be installed before Jan. 25. The parking spaces also will be numbered, city officials said.

The city will have a two-week grace period with each installment of the pay stations during which parking enforcement officers will be made available to assist customers with operating the machines and answer any questions. Regular enforcement of other parking-related offenses will continue.

New blue metered parking signs will be put up at pay station locations to provide instructions on how to pay for parking. The signs will replace the current green time zone signs.

The new pay stations will allow downtown visitors to pay for parking time in 15-minute increments, from 15 minutes up to the maximum time allowed for a particular parking time zone. The minimum payment amount for credit card users will be $1.

Parking time restrictions currently in place will not change when the pay stations are installed.

The pay stations generally will not accept payment in any form from 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends and holidays as complimentary parking is provided during those times. However, the pay stations will allow visitors to prepay their parking time on weekdays only starting at 6 a.m. All prepaid time will take effect starting at 8 a.m.

Duncan Solutions VM pay stations use green cell zinc-air battery technology that contain no lead, creates no greenhouse gas and is classified as non-hazardous for disposal, city officials said. To save energy, down-time maintenance costs caused by mechanical failure and to reduce litter, VM pay stations do not print receipts.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Dec 30, 2009

    whatelseisnew, isn't it a "fair" tax, since it's based on one's use? It's like an entry fee to a public park.

    If you're really concerned about "tax", what about all of the non-drivers, people who live close enough to walk, bicycle commuters, bus passengers, and tons of other people who don't need to park cars? This RELIEVES their tax burden.

  • dcatz Dec 29, 2009

    The good thing about computerised paystations is that they can be bypassed with relative dispatch.

    People have already paid for the roads with their taxes. They have already paid for the right to use them. It is people's moral imperative to refuse to pay; they cannot tow/fine everyone in the city.

  • corey3rd Dec 29, 2009

    Meeker has millions to build another concert arena even as the music business dwindles - yet he's got to soak us for more cash so that we can shop in downtown....

    you can always park in front of the News and Observer since nobody works there anymore

  • diana123 Dec 29, 2009

    that's right, suck the people dry.

  • MileageWarrior Dec 29, 2009

    "Now, there'll be more parking for the people who actually enjoy being out & about in a downtown area."

    Who was parking there before? Folks who didn't enjoy being there? LOL

  • wildcat Dec 29, 2009

    I am glad I don't live in Raleigh. Woe to the people there. Its just a simple way of getting easy money from the people.

  • CAM Dec 29, 2009

    Wow, all this over new types of meters??? We are in Raleigh people, don't you want it to grow?? If so then you will start seeing more things like meters to handle the influx of people who visit downtown. Shouldn't we be thanking them for using machines that are environment friendly?? As far as the complaint about the $1 minimum charge... Really people, is it that bad you have to at least spend a dollar. Think of it as the price you have to pay for them actually making a pay station that takes more than CHANGE!!!! I for one am glad i have the option to use a credit/debit card......

  • MillerB Dec 29, 2009

    Woohoo!! Yet something else for the credit card scammers to attach their gadgets to to steal your money. Good going Raleigh.

  • wildcat Dec 29, 2009

    Will this solve the problem? Everyone is not handicap. There are some people that abuses the handicap parking spot.

  • snshine62d Dec 29, 2009

    What about handicapp parking? Do they pay or do they just hang their sign and can park all day? Just curious.